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[treet] /trit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way:
to treat someone with respect.
2.
to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly:
to treat a matter as unimportant.
3.
to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.
4.
to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.
5.
to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, especially in some specified manner or style:
to treat a theme realistically.
6.
to subject to some agent or action in order to bring about a particular result:
to treat a substance with an acid.
7.
to entertain; give hospitality to:
He treats diplomats in the lavish surroundings of his country estate.
8.
to provide food, entertainment, gifts, etc., at one's own expense:
Let me treat you to dinner.
verb (used without object)
9.
to deal with a subject in speech or writing; discourse:
a work that treats of the caste system in India.
10.
to give, or bear the expense of, a treat:
Is it my turn to treat?
11.
to carry on negotiations with a view to a settlement; discuss terms of settlement; negotiate.
noun
12.
entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
13.
anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.
14.
the act of treating.
15.
one's turn to treat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English treten (v.) < Old French tretier, traitier < Latin tractāre to drag, handle, treat, frequentative of trahere to drag. See tract1
Related forms
treater, noun
nontreated, adjective
overtreat, verb
self-treated, adjective
untreated, adjective
well-treated, adjective
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  • The review treats it as an emotional statement, but that might not be entirely the case.
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  • Instead of feeding them cookies as treats, feed them scratch.
  • However, you can whip up quite the garden-to-table treats.
  • Lots of praise and occasionally restocking the treats will keep your dog interested.
  • We couldn't believe how simple it was to make these frozen treats.
  • The only treats they needed from us were intellectual ones.
  • That's much harder than handing out treats but will yield better results in the long run.
  • And, even more so, by how well he or she treats the hotel cleaning staff.
  • Not every university treats its writing students or graduate instructors with this level of disdain.
British Dictionary definitions for treats

treat

/triːt/
noun
1.
a celebration, entertainment, gift, or feast given for or to someone and paid for by another
2.
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
3.
the act of treating
verb
4.
(transitive) to deal with or regard in a certain manner: she treats school as a joke
5.
(transitive) to apply treatment to: to treat a patient for malaria
6.
(transitive) to subject to a process or to the application of a substance: to treat photographic film with developer
7.
(transitive; often foll by to) to provide (someone) (with) as a treat: he treated the children to a trip to the zoo
8.
(formal) (intransitive) usually foll by of. to deal (with), as in writing or speaking
9.
(intransitive) (formal) to discuss settlement; negotiate
Derived Forms
treatable, adjective
treater, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tretier, from Latin tractāre to manage, from trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for treats

treat

v.

c.1300, "negotiate, bargain, deal with," from Old French traiter (12c.), from Latin tractare "manage, handle, deal with," originally "drag about," frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "to entertain with food and drink by way of compliment or kindness (or bribery)" is recorded from c.1500. Sense of "deal with in speech or writing" (early 14c.) led to the use in medicine (1781), "to attempt to heal or cure." Related: Treated; treating.

n.

late 14c., "action of discussing terms," from treat (v.). Sense of "a treating with food and drink" (1650s) was extended by 1770 to "anything that gives pleasure."

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treats in Medicine

treat (trēt)
v. treat·ed, treat·ing, treats

  1. To give medical aid to someone.

  2. To give medical aid to counteract a disease or condition.

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Idioms and Phrases with treats

treat

In addition to the idiom beginning with
treat
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